Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
And then they do backflips desperately trying to rationalize that action. I don't get it.
Their intent to support the militia and their intent to not have a standing army are separate issues. We can have a standing army, against the Founders' intent, and still follow their intent as it pertains to the militia and the rights thereof.
This is how I understand The Militia: it is a reserve force, made up of every-day folks, to be called up in the case of an emergency that the regular armed forces cannot handle alone.
the Militia was created because the USA had a very small army. This is why The Militia was called up in such great numbers during the Civil War.
but now, we have a huge military, and most of the functions of the Militia have been taken by the State National Guard, which is often times called "the State Militia".
clearly, things between 1789 and 2011 have changed a lot, and what was needed back then..is not needed now.
but, folks don't want to Amend the 2nd Amendment, so even though it make sense to do it, it shall not happen.